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Kids in LebanonGreetings from Lebanon! The staff here are so grateful for your loving support of children.

The global pandemic has definitely presented a variety of challenges for the OneChild program, but our Child Champions have gone the extra mile to ensure that we are still able to serve the children in our Hope Centers and their families. We have needed to rely heavily on online communication tools and platforms such as WhatsApp, Zoom, and Skype to stay connected. Our partner, Heart of Mercy, supplied the office staff with four new laptops prior to lockdown, and they were formatted and ready to use by the time they were needed. As we continue to comply with social distancing and other safety mandates, multiple class sessions will be offered once we are able to meet in person again. And we look forward to that day!

In Lebanese culture, citizens place a high value on education. So, for them to be able to send their children to a quality place of learning means a great deal. In larger households where resources are scarce, children will often have to take turns eating meals because there is not enough food for everyone. Many of these families will make sacrifices and do without just to ensure their children can attend class.

OneChild Hope Centers in Lebanon are school-based and committed to elevating the level of education available for children in the poorest areas. By meeting their physical needs through nutritional and medical support, we are able to help them concentrate on their studies and provide them with the tools to compete with students who attend schools in more affluent parts of the country. We are very intentional about the ways we express God’s love in the local context and make sure that every child, regardless of their religious background, feels acknowledged, appreciated, and valued.

Our Child Champions are experts at making children feel safe and special. They play a major part in the development and well-being of those in their care and serve as important role models who are molding the future for the next generation. We invest in their training so that the children enrolled in the OneChild program will have a high standard to work toward in emulating their teachers.

But we could not offer encouragement, resources, and quality schooling without the generous support of people just like you. Since we must be sensitive to differences of faith, one of the best ways we can demonstrate the goodness of God is by our actions and not just our words. And for these children to receive a warm hug from Child Champions during a summer camp event, to realize someone from across an ocean knows them by name, to feel the care of being prayed for by a person who lives so far away – is priceless.

The children in Lebanon would not have the opportunity for a better life without the help of sponsorship, so many of them are waiting to be shown what God’s love truly means. If someone you know would like to bless a child, please have them become a sponsor today!

Ministry Partner, Lebanon

About Lebanon

Child Champions in Lebanon tell us about their country.

Lebanon is located in the transcontinental region of the Middle East and is bordered by Syria and Israel. Home to a diverse population comprising various ethnic and religious groups, it is known for its ancient cedar forests, a moderate climate, and remarkable cuisine. But an influx of refugees has created competition in the labor market and has strained Lebanese resources, making a significant impact on the economy.

In recent years, a series of economic crises have caused Lebanon to fall rapidly into poverty. Families struggle with high unemployment, low wages, malnutrition, poor sanitation, and inadequate housing. Children often bear the brunt of these challenges — many become victims of child labor, with girls being forced to marry early to remove the burden of their care from their families. Access to utilities like electricity is limited, and alternatives such as generators are too expensive. And with the emphasis of assistance going to large cities, outlying areas suffer.

Education is another issue among families. In Lebanese culture, citizens place a high value on education. So, for them to be able to send their children to a quality place of learning means a great deal. In larger households where resources are scarce, children often have to take turns eating meals because there is not enough food for everyone. Many of these families will make sacrifices and do without just to ensure their children can attend class.

The future lies with Lebanon’s children, but one of the most difficult hurdles to overcome in showing them the way to a better tomorrow is changing the mindset in their homes that may say hygiene practices are unneeded and violence is an appropriate response during interactions. If the children in Lebanon are to thrive, they must be taught a better way.

Our Work in Lebanon

 

Child Champions at OneChild Hope Centers, who are experts at making children feel safe and special, serve as loving role models. They are intentional about the ways they express God’s love and make sure every child, regardless of their religious background, feels acknowledged and appreciated. Child Champions also contribute to children’s education and provide the academic opportunities they will need to succeed as adults. By offering children quality schooling and life-changing resources like health care and good nutrition, OneChild is giving kids a chance to fulfill their full potential and become the people they were meant to be.

 

In some Hope Centers, this looks like supplying cows so that children have milk. In other communities, it looks like outfitting classrooms with an emergency power supply. But whatever the blessing, God’s love shines through, letting children know that they are capable, valuable, and deserving of a brighter future.

We are accountable to the children we serve AND to our donors.

Our accountability to our donors is one of our highest priorities. Our goal is to use the funds entrusted to us as wise stewards. To do this requires continued monitoring of our fund distribution. OneChild is also a member in good standing with the Evangelical Council for Financial Accountability (ECFA)